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Arliss Michaels is not a sports agent, he is a sports super agent. To his team of associates, the athletes he represents and the world around them, he is God. He is like Jerry Maguire, but ... See full summary »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Robert Wuhl ...  Arliss Michaels 79 episodes, 1996-2002
Sandra Oh ...  Rita Wu 53 episodes, 1996-2002
Jim Turner ...  Kirby Carlisle 52 episodes, 1996-2002
Michael Boatman ...  Stanley Babson 46 episodes, 1996-2002
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Arliss Michaels is not a sports agent, he is a sports super agent. To his team of associates, the athletes he represents and the world around them, he is God. He is like Jerry Maguire, but without a conscience. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Comedy | Sport

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Official Sites:

HBO

Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

10 August 1996 (USA) See more »

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Arliss See more »

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(80 episodes)

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In July 1999, Robert Wuhl appeared on World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro in the company's dying days as a guest announcer. He did not appear as himself, but was named "Arliss", and acted in character. The Arliss appearance was panned by fans and wrestling critics, especially because most people didn't know what an "Arli$$" was. See more »

Quotes

[Arliss and some clients are playing poker]
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis: Yeah, Arliss got me $4.6 million up front. What's the bet?
Arliss Michaels: $2.
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis: That's too rich for my blood.
Arliss Michaels: I guess the bus stops here.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.98 (2010) See more »

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Sporting a Laugh
7 January 2007 | by derekauthorSee all my reviews

Robert Wuhl created and starred in this HBO TV show about a sports agent who was cutthroat but, at the same time, had the important values everyone seems to have.

Robert Wuhl portrayed Arliss Michaels, who represents several athletes (most of which are real and even made cameo appearances on the show). Sandra Oh played Rita, Arliss's sarcastic secretary who was never afraid to speak her mind and even helped Arliss as well as her co-workers at times. Then there was Jim Turner, who played Kirby, another sports agent who had those important values which made up for his unruly ways of doing business and other activities outside the office (you have to see the show). Finally, there was Michael Boatman, who played Stanley, the agency's financial adviser who was ultimately an arrogant jerk who was somewhat likable and even funny.

The show itself was funny, but sometimes even touching and truthful. It pointed out that even the biggest people in a business like this has the kind of heart a lot of people look for in everyone. That is what made these characters (Arliss, Rita, Kirby, and yes, even Stanley) likable -- they all had hearts.

Robert Wuhl also served as executive producer and even directed some episodes.

I give "Arliss" 3 1/2 stars out of 4.


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